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i -s Journal of American Folk-Lore.

corn dance, the peace-stone game, the feast of the skeleton, the children's new-year treat (borrowed), the spraying of heads, the society of the false faces, marriage and funeral customs, are very interesting and the new matter published of great value. The In- dian texts (with interlinear translations) and free renderings of the address of the master of ceremonies at the dog burning, of the speech of the leader at the midwinter festival, of the general opening address, etc., are given. In the section on Iroquois music there is a general account of the dance songs and ceremonial chants, and a description by Mr. A. T. Cringan, a Toronto music-teacher, of the songs and music of Kanishondon, the Iroquois singer at the cere- monial feasts, the music of the pigmy song, the big feather dance song, the bear dance song, the song of the white dog, the pigeon dance song, the green corn dance song, the women's dance song, the war dance song, the false face dance, the fish dance song, the scatter- ing ashes song, the god song, and the skin dance song are given, and in addition the words and music of two songs of the New York Iro- quois, — women's dance song and harvest dance song. The music of the Iroquois shows clearly the influence of the white man. Mr. Boyle detects a lack of joyousness in the Indian songs. The myths (of which only an English record is made) reported are : false faces or flying heads ; origin of the husky masked dances ; the pigmies and the pigmy dance; the ohkwaridaksan (the animal never captured alive) ; bear boy; big turtle. The list of some 15 deer-gens names, and some 36 Iroquois place-names, is of value. Altogether Mr. Boyle's report is a welcome addition to Iroquoiana. — In the " Proc. Am. Assoc. Adv. Sci." (1898, pp. 477-480), C. H. Henning discusses "The Origin of the Confederacy of the Five Nations."

Pueblos. In the " American Antiquarian " for January-Febru- ary, 1899 (vol. xxi. pp. 17-40), Dr. S. D. Peet discusses, in an illus- trated article, "The Social and Domestic Life of the Cliff-Dwellers." — To the succeeding number of the same journal Dr. Peet contrib- utes an article on " Relics of the Cliff-Dwellers " (pp. 99-122). — In the "Bull. Soc. normande de Geographie," of Rouen, for 1898 <pp. 86-109), Mile. Jeanne Goussard de Mayolle writes of " Un voyage chez les Indiens du Nouveau-Mexique." See Moki.

Tsimshian. To the "Popular Science Monthly" (vol. liv. pp. 1 8 1- 1 93) for December, 1898, Dr. G. A. Dorsey contributes an illustrated article, "Up the Skeena River to the Home of the Tsimshians."

Uto-Aztecan. Mexican. Under the title " La Contrefacon du Christianisme du moyen Age," M. E. Beauvois discusses in the "Museon," of Louvain (vol. xvii. pp. 223-233), the "resemblances between the religion of old Mexico, at the time of the discovery, and

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